This Is A Moose (Richard T. Morris)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is This Is A Moose, written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, a very clever and fun story about pursuing one’s dreams.

Shh! Quiet on the set! A documentary is about to begin filming. As the cameras roll, we are introduced to a moose. He has a moose mother and moose father. And he wants to be an astronaut – CUT! Wait a minute! Moose aren’t supposed to want to be astronauts! They’re supposed to drink from rivers and chew on leaves and do moose-type things! But no matter how the director of the documentary blusters and complains, Moose won’t give up on his dreams, and neither will any of his animal friends and family. But maybe the director will come to realize that, with hard work and support, dreams can be possible for anyone. He might even find a new subject for his documentary… the world’s first moosetronaut!

This is one of those great books that starts off as a very silly premise, then sneaks up on you with a fantastic moral to the story. Moose’s friends and family refuse to allow him, or themselves, to be pigeonholed into having certain dreams or aspirations based on who they are or where they come from, and that’s a lesson that every child can take to heart. I loved that the director, for all his presumptions that a moose should act a certain way, eventually realizes that he himself is a duck directing a movie – hardly a common practice for a duck, and a very funny twist for young readers. The illustrations are fantastic, using comic-style speech bubbles, bright colors and onomatopoeia to make the story leap from the page. The length is great, and JJ really enjoyed this one. A wonderful story about dreaming big dreams, no matter who or what you are, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!


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